Boise City Leaders to Solicit More Public Opinion on The Cabin, Library Campus Project 

Though public support for the City of Boise's plan to build a new main branch library remains high, city leaders have fielded criticism over the project—over its cost, and over the fate of one of Boise's most beloved arts institutions, The Cabin literary center.

The proposed design of the new library would displace The Cabin, which was built in the 1930s, and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Boise City Council will host a special public hearing in which city staff will discuss the state of negotiations over relocating the historic structure and give members of the public a chance to weigh in on the project.

Public testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker, and a sign-up sheet will be available outside the City Council chambers. People who can't make it to the meeting can still provide written testimony, which may be sent via email to

City leaders decided to hold the meeting amid criticism over the proposed library campus and its plans to engage in a public-private partnership to build a sports park. Though the City Council asked staff to consider whether it had the legal authority to enter into that partnership, it decided at its Feb. 19 meeting to solicit more public opinion on the library.
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